How Healthy Lifestyle Habits Help During Coronavirus Quarantine
Updated: Jun 8, 2020
Boosting your immune system is important to fight off any disease; that's no less true for the coronavirus. Beyond washing your hands and wearing a mask in public spaces, normal healthy lifestyle habits are still the best way to boost your chances of not falling seriously ill. Here's how you can do that while spending more of your time at home.
Keep A Normal Routine
If you normally wake up at 6:30am to go to work, wake up at 6:30am now. Since you aren't driving to work, this is extra time for you. Use it to take a bath, drink some tea, or something else that's relaxing. Routines help to reduce anxiety and can help prevent other brain health issues; using any extra time to do something relaxing is icing on the cake.
While it's always good advice, eating a balanced diet will boost your immune system during this important time. Did you know the recommended amount of fruit to eat every day is 4 servings (whole pieces of fruit, not slices)? Make sure you keep at least one orange in your diet to get enough vitamin C. And supplements, while helpful when you can't get enough of a vitamin in your diet, aren't as good as fresh fruit.
Drink Plenty of Water
Has a doctor ever told you to drink plenty of fluids while recovering from the flu? That's because your body is using more water than normal to recover. Dehydration affects every part of your body, including your immune system. Don't let your immune system suffer just because you forgot to drink enough (at least 64 ounces) of water.
This doesn't need to be a hot yoga session and can be as simple as walking in your neighborhood. The American Heart Association recommends 20+ minutes of moderate activity per day, so that's about 30 minutes during the week if you don't get any exercise on the weekend. Add some jogging on the weekend (around 50 minutes helps most) to help your heart even more.
There's no cure or prevention for the coronavirus, but building healthy habits now will help prevent any illness before and after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
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